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5 of the best seafood restaurants in Geneva

Geneva may be landlocked but it has a great selection of excellent fish restaurants, many just out of the city or on the lakeside. Welcome to seafood, Swiss style.

The Swiss take their seafood seriously, and no more so than in Geneva, where the chefs' notorious precision means you are guaranteed a good feed. With deliveries arriving from Lake Geneva and the Med daily, we bring you our pick of the best lake-side and city restaurants for fish and seafood.

Café du Centre

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A long established brasserie in the heart of the city, just at the entrance to Old Town. It has longed enjoyed an excellent reputation for delish fish and seafood, they do wonderful platters as well as fresh oysters. If you’re here in the summer, grab a table on their tree-lined terrace on Place du Molard, built on the site of the old Merchant port as the lake used to come up to this point. www.cafeducentre.ch

Le Creux–de-Genthod

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Just five minutes outside Geneva towards Lausanne, this lakeside restaurant is perfect for the summer, with a lovely terrace ideal for a light lunch, coffee in the afternoon, a glass of rosé in the early evening, or a romantic dinner watching the Riva boats glide past. The restaurant is famous for their Filet de Perche served with home-made sauce tartare and crispy French fries: other highlights are the traditional salad starter, the Simmentaler Beef, and the amazing meringue à la double crème de Gruyère. Most of the wines are from the region. www.laclefdor.ch

La Clef d’Or

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Midway between Geneva and Lausanne, this evocative countryside restaurant specialises in local, regional products prepared by French chef cook Fabrice Jovet. La Clef d’Or has one of the most amazing views on the lake, looking over the vineyards and mountains. On a fine day you can even see Montblanc, and the picturesque village of Yvoire just in front. With 14 Gault&Millau points, there will always be something to your taste, with meat, fish, local fresh vegetables, and wines from Switzerland, France, Spain and Italy. www.laclefdor.ch

Le Poisson

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This restaurant, unusual because it is open seven days a week, is always packed. In the beautiful village of Auvernier, near Neuchatel, it attracts people from all over the region, and even abroad, to taste their speciality: fish. Staff are always on hand to help you to make the best choice and inform you about the catch of the day. There are meat options as well, including beef and steak tartare. Interiors are beautifully decorated in a modern but warm and mellow bistro ambience. www.lepoisson-auvernier.ch

Restaurant de la Plage du Reposoir

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Situated on the banks of the lake, this restaurant is as much about the view as the seafood. On the vast terrace diners can take in the panoramic view over Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc whilst tasting the fish straight from the lake. Don’t miss the white fish with Geneva salad. If you want to make a day of it you can swim and sunbathe on the pontoons close by, then watch the sun set at the bar before dinner. www.restaurantreposoir.ch

1 Restaurant de la Plage du Reposoir
2 Café du Centre
3 Le Creux-de-Genthod
4 Le Poisson
5 La Clef d’Or